Members from West Springfield’s VFW Post 6714 came to CHD’s home office in Springfield just before Christmas to deliver toys and a generous donation to help families in CHD’s Early Intervention program. The money will be used to purchase strollers, toys, diapers, and other things families need for their children. Vietnam Veterans of MA, Inc. also contributed a generous donation to help the families.
Cindy Napoli, OT, Program Supervisor for the program, was responsible for bringing it all together: “I was talking with a few members of the VFW about how a few families in our program needed a stroller and some other things. Norm (VFW 6714 Post Commander) not only offered to help with a donation and some toys, but also recommended we reach out to the VVMA. It’s a nice thing for members of our community to help each other out, especially this time of year. The donations were spent on fulfilling wishes of strollers, high chairs, and toys for families with specific needs. This is also really great exposure for our Early Intervention Movers and Shakers Infant and Toddler program. Not a lot of people know that it’s a free playgroup for members of the community who aren’t in our program and hopefully this donation helps to spread the word. Anyone with a child 8 to 20 months can come in as long as they have all their shots.”
About CHD’s Early Intervention
Each child is unique and grows at his or her own pace. But sometimes a child needs help. CHD’s Early Intervention Program can help. We work with infants and children from birth to 3 years of age who have or are at risk for developmental delays. A CHD team can assess your child’s abilities and, if indicated, will develop an individualized plan to promote development of play, movement, social behavior, communication, and self-care skills. We work with children and their families in their environment – no need to come to the office.
Parents often contact early intervention because they are concerned about possible speech delays, or delays in walking or crawling. Our experienced team can assess the possibility of a delay and work with you and your child to help them catch up, if that’s what’s needed. Early Intervention also commonly works with babies with torticollis (tightness of the neck muscle). This condition causes babies to be tilted to one side and can cause a decreased range of motion and a flat spot on the head. We also work with children on the autism spectrum, providing sensory integration therapy and working to help them tolerate their environment. Feeding concerns are also common. In all cases, we work with families to connect them with other community services that might be helpful.